The history of Château Léoville Barton begins in 1722, when Irishman Thomas Barton moved from Ireland to the Bordeaux region, where he established a successful trading company. Thomas’ grandson Hugh Barton continued the successful business, and expanded the family’s holdings in 1821 with the purchase of Château Langoa and a portion of the Léoville estate which was to become Léoville-Barton in 1826.
Current owner Anthony Barton lives in the beautiful 18th century Château Langoa and makes two wines: Château Léoville Barton, Médoc classified Second Growth and Château Langoa-Barton, Médoc classified Third Growth, side-by-side in the same style. Barton uses only a small amount of the supple, fleshy Merlot in his blends, keeping the proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon high. Rare not only for the commune of Saint-Julien but also for the Médoc in general; this helps give Barton his unique status in the region.
Léoville Barton is made at Langoa Barton because there is no château at Léoville Barton. The main vineyard for Léoville Barton sits immediately behind the town of Saint-Julien-Beychevelle and runs in a westerly direction where it intersects with the large vineyards of Château Talbot.
Anthony Barton takes enormous pride in knowing that his premier wines are consistently referred to as the “best-value wines in Bordeaux.” His philosophy is succinctly stated, “To produce high-quality wines and to maintain the Barton reputation.”